Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Notes: Lopez 'wasn't mentally there' in OT
By Mike Mazzeo
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez admitted that he “wasn’t mentally there” in overtime after sitting the first 11 minutes and 53 seconds of the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.
“I don’t even think it was fatigue, I don’t know if I checked out or what it was,” Lopez said after he went 0-for-4 with a couple defensive lapses in the extra session.
The 24-year-old finished with 19 points and nine rebounds on 6-for-17 shooting in 34 minutes in the team’s 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo explained his decision to play backup Andray Blatche over Lopez in the final period of regulation. Blatche scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth.
“I thought Brook was struggling a little bit and he had been through the entire All-Star weekend,” Carlesimo said. “I did want to go with Brook but Blatche continued to make plays. Brook is accepting of that decision, which is a great thing.”
“Dray was playing really well, and I have complete faith in him when he’s in the game, so I’m fine with it,” Lopez said.
• Deron Williams scored 19 points and had nine assists in his return to the lineup after sitting out a for a week to rest his inflamed ankles.
“I felt pretty good. My ankles felt good. We’ll see how they feel tomorrow after playing 45 minutes,” Williams said.
Any minutes restriction on Wednesday night in the second half of a back-to-back, home-and-home set with the Bucks?
“I’ve gotta see how I feel in the morning, because that’s when I feel it,” Williams said.
• Brooklyn’s bench outscored Milwaukee’s 44-15.
• The Nets outscored the Bucks 10-4 on the fast break. The Nets are 15-2 when they have more fastbreak points than their opponents.
• The Nets hit 100 points for the 16th time this season and are now 13-3 when reaching the century mark.
• The Nets are 26-for-46 from 3-point range in their last two games combined.